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Whitetail Resort
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
Vertical drop:935 feet
Base elevation:865 feet
Peak elevation:1,800 feet
Skiable acres:117
Longest run:1 mile

Located in south-central Pennsylvania, Whitetail is a comfortable 90-minute jog down I-70 from D.C. and Baltimore. Skiers and boarders will find 23 trails, a 935-foot vertical, and a high-speed quad. Whitetail’s convenient location to D.C. also means skiers and boarders will often find crowds — on weekends and holidays, Whitetail’s slopes can become as crowded as the Washington Beltway during rush hour. On non-holiday weekdays, the crowds completely disappear and you’re likely to have the slopes to yourself.

Whitetail has a strong track record of continuous capital improvements. Over the past couple decades, it has added new trails, expanded its base lodge, added a snow tubing park, expanded lighting across the slopes, and made significant snowmaking improvements. Whitetail’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system can quickly take slopes from bare to skiable with just a few nights of snowmaking.

Whitetail is now part of the Vail Resorts family after a 2019 purchase. Previously, it was owned by Peak Resorts, and before that, Snow Time. Its new ownership means you can purchase a single Epic pass and ski at Whitetail, Liberty, Roundtop, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, and dozens of resorts across North America.

Skiers at Whitetail are pampered by a modern base lodge and amenities such as free ski check. Food is reasonable, with cafeteria-style food available in the Market Place. Other dining options include sit-down service at the Solstice, and brick oven pizzas at Mountain Hearth Pizzeria.

Whitetail developed a residential village that lines the Northern Lights beginner ski slope, but despite this lodging, Whitetail does not offer many year-round activities except for golf and is primarily a day resort in the winter. In 2019, Whitetail was granted its first liquor license.

For the 2020-2021 winter season, Whitetail will be following the COVID protocols of its parent company, Vail Resorts. Face coverings will be required at the resort, and on-mountain access will be managed via reservations, limiting how many visitors can visit per day. All transactions across the resort will be cashless this winter.

Photo by M. Scott Smith.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Whitetail Resort
Vertical Drop: 935 feet
Base Altitude: 865 feet
Peak Altitude: 1,800 feet
Trails: 23 Trails:
  • 7 beginner
  • 10 intermediate
  • 6 expert
Skiable Acres: 117
Longest Run: 1 mile
Lifts: 9 (1 high-speed quad, 3 quads, 2 doubles, 3 magic carpets)
Night Skiing: Night skiing on all trails
Terrain Park: Two terrain parks.
Tubing Park: Serviced by an enclosed magic carpet and its own lodge.
Address: 13805 Blairs Valley Road
Mercersburg, PA 17236
Phone: (717) 328-9400
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site:
Directions: Via Google Maps

COVID-19 Information

The following information summarizes COVID-19 protocols in effect at Whitetail as of Oct 12, 2020. Please note that this information is subject to change at any time; contact Whitetail directly before making a trip to verify current COVID-19 operating protocols. This information is provided by SnoCountry.

Masks Required:
Social Distancing Required:
Sanitization Stations Available:
Pass Protection:
Reservations Required:
Pre-Purchase Day Lift Tickets Recommended:
Resort COVID-19 web page:
Resort COVID-19 pass protection page:
Resort COVID-19 reservations web page:

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Weather near Whitetail

2:53 am on April 20 / Hagerstown, Washington County Regional Airport
48° F
Humidity:77% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:7 mph wind_S Sunrise:6:29 a.m.
Barometer:29.90 in Sunset:7:54 p.m.
Dewpoint:41 °F
Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. No snowmaking
Low: 47°
Mostly Clear
Mostly clear, with a low around 47. West wind around 9 mph.
High: 66°
Mostly Sunny
Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 7 to 9 mph.
Tuesday Night
Low: 48°
Chance of Showers
A chance of showers, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
High: 55°
Showers and Breezy
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then showers between noon and 2pm. High near 55. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.

Snow conditions at Whitetail


Snow conditions supplied by SnoCountry, and may be inaccurate or delayed at times. Please check directly with Whitetail for the most up-to-date snow and operating conditions.

News about Whitetail

Mid-Atlantic Resorts Kick Off Ski Season
Article thumbnail December 24, 2020 - The 2020-2021 ski season has begun. DCSki provides a quick look at ski areas across PA, MD, VA, and WV.
Interview Series: Vail’s Jeff Lifgren
Article thumbnail October 2, 2020 - The DCSki Interview Series continues with Jeff Lifgren, who is in charge of Pennsylvania resorts Liberty, Whitetail, Roundtop, Big Boulder, and Jack Frost. Jeff touches on lots of topics in this in-depth interview conducted by DCSki’s John Sherwood.
Your Questions Answered: Mid-A Vail Resorts Properties
Article thumbnail September 15, 2020 - The deadline to purchase an Epic Pass for the 2020-2021 winter season is September 17, 2020, and many Mid-Atlantic skiers still have some questions about how skiing will work this winter at Vail Resorts properties, including Pennsylvania’s Liberty Mountain, Roundtop Mountain, Whitetail, Big Boulder, and Jack Frost. Jamie Storrs, Senior Manager of Communications for Vail Resorts, Eastern Region recently fielded questions from DCSki readers.
Vail Resorts Charts Out Upcoming Winter Season
Article thumbnail August 28, 2020 - Things are going to work a little bit differently at Vail Resorts properties this winter, as the company recalibrates its operations to adjust to the continuing reality of the COVID pandemic.
Epic vs. Ikon Pass: The Battle Begins
Article thumbnail March 3, 2020 - The ski industry has changed significantly in recent years: ski conglomerates Vail Resorts and the Alterra Mountain Company have gobbled up resorts across the country, and now offer competing “mega passes” that provide skiing and riding across dozens of properties for one historically low price. The proposition has been simple: commit to buying a mega pass in the spring, and you’ll receive countless ski days across North America the following winter. Epic and Ikon have now released pricing and details for their 2020-2021 winter season passes. In this story, DCSki takes a look at these passes from the perspective of a Mid-Atlantic skier.
Firsthand Report: Whitetail - Two Runs Was (More Than) Enough
Article thumbnail February 22, 2020 - Have you ever walked out of a movie, once it became clear that it was terrible and not worth spending any more time watching? DCSki’s Editor did the skiing equivalent of that on the evening of February 22, 2020 at Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort.
Firsthand Report: Whitetail Resort
Article thumbnail January 28, 2020 - On Friday, January 24, DCSki’s John Sherwood took a snow day and traveled to Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort. Days prior to his visit, most of Whitetail had melted, but as he describes in this Firsthand Report, aggressive snowmaking allowed Whitetail to bring 16 trails on-line in a matter of days.
Firsthand Report: Finding My Ski Legs at Whitetail
Article thumbnail January 12, 2020 - Despite unusually warm January weather, Jim Kenney recently swung by Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort for his first ski day of the season. He provides this Firsthand Report.
Just in Time for the Holidays, All Mid-Atlantic Resorts are Open
Article thumbnail December 21, 2019 - After a burst of cold weather in November allowed some Mid-Atlantic resorts to snag pre-Thanksgiving opening dates, the balance of resorts have now officially begun their season in recent days thanks to a stretch of snowmaking-friendly temperatures.
News Briefs: Management Changes at Whitetail, Wisp
Article thumbnail August 2, 2019 - There has been a changing of the guard at two Mid-Atlantic ski areas as two long-time General Managers have retired. Whitetail’s Don MacAskill is being succeeded by Brett Cook, while Wisp’s Jerry Geisler is being succeeded by Ron Hawkes.

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